Grayboy Motor Sports to close after 45 years

Publish Date: 
Aug 29, 2012

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. - Grayboy Motor Sports is closing its doors next month after more than 45 years.

The family decided to close the store because founder Alfred "Tote" Gray has been in declining health since retiring from the store in 2004.

His daughter and company president Sherry Hayes, who's worked at the store for more than 30 years and been running day-to-day operations since 2004, told the Peoria Journal Star everything will go on sale, including the two buildings that Grayboy used in Peoria Heights. "We also plan to have an auction of cycle accessories, along with some of the vintage items," she said. Closing day is Sept. 29.

Gray, 80, opened the first Grayboy store in Chillicothe in the 1960s, selling Brititsh bikes. The store moved to Peoria in 1974, and has since sold Honda and Kawasaki.

In his younger years Gray, 80, was an active promoter of races in Henry and Peoria and is credited for reviving the Springfield Mile race in 1981. Gray also sponsored 22 racers over the years.

Posted by Holly Wagner